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Does SE's intolerance of opinion result in McNamara Fallacy?

Recently, two SE questions have been closed (or recommended they be closed) because they “could be answered by opinions”. I understand (and whole heartedly agree) that SE wants answers supported by ...
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Edit to this question vastly improved the question but invalidated all the answers that had been posted

Subject question: When will we land on other planets in our solar system? This, as posted, was a bad question asking for future predictions and was rightfully being closed. However, 3 rather lengthy ...
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Should we do anything for answers on duplicate questions?

This answer was added during a close-as-duplicate vote. There's some discussion of the answer in the comments; some of that is just how we typically receive the idea central to the answer here, but ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Moving comments to chat

I would like to have a discussion about the practice of "moving comments to chat". I understand that it is a useful tool which can be used to promote the "purity" of the SE Q&A ...
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Can a delay be added to the votes in the queue?

There was this question which was in the queue of first question. I accidently clicked on "Looks ok". This was a mistake and I didn't mean to click this. Since people always make a mistake ...
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When is it OK for a moderator to delete an answer on SE Space Exploration?

We have voting and comments for addressing most issues with answer quality. Deleting is a "super power" reserved for mods. There is also "Voting to Delete" - a power that trusted ...
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Why was the answer to the "how-did-20-radio-observatories-track-balloons" question just deleted?

This is baffling. The answer was a high quality response that would be valuable to lots of people. It had one up vote and zero down votes. I can see no reason for a mod to swoop in and delete it ...
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What happened with this answer (downvoted, mod-edited/improved, bountied (reward existing answer) and then mod-deleted?

This answer to "Alternative small mass payload transportation from the moon to L5 besides rail gun and mass driver?" was initially substantially down voted, probably in part because it was ...
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Reputation graph shows upwards plot, but the value is stuck at 1 - Bug?

This is about this user: https://space.stackexchange.com/users/22203/phil1008. If you go to Activity dashboard, you will see the reputation graph has an upward plot, but the rep value is stuck at 1. ...
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Three users voted to deleted an answer that I was working to improve while I was discussing improvements with another user. Please help!

Post in Question I posted an answer that was factual and provided evidence that misinformation was being perpetuated by tweets that Elon Musk made, which led the person asking the question to make an ...
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If you attended TASTI 2023, which talks might you find particularly interesting/informative?

TASTI 2023 (Taiwan International Assembly of Space Science, Technology, and Industry) runs all next week in Taipei. There will be many talks - some days have several parallel sessions. (keynote ...
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10th anniversary of Space.SE!

It turns out we, The Final Frontier, https://thefinalfrontier.stackexchange.com , more commonly known as the Space Exploration Stack Exchange, are turning 10 years old! This summer we hit that huge ...
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Do we have any way to note, record or collect errors/problems/omissions/potential improvements to Space Exploration-related Wikipedia pages?

I was browsing Wikipedia's Stack Exchange; Notable users; Other notable scientists and mathematicians and saw at least one familiar Space SE user Anders Sandberg but saw that prolific/notable Mark ...
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can I edit tags without popping to the head of the "top questions" list?

I like cross-references, and in life in general I think there should be more of them. However, when I add a tag to a Stack Exchange question, that question jumps to the top of the list due to the &...
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Do "calculate satellite orbits" questions need a canonical community wiki like Astronomy SE's "...find positions of the planets...and visualize them?"

I just wrote this answer to Orbit prediction for satellites using Kepler model which is a variation on an oft-asked question category about calculating orbits for artificial satellites (Earth-bound or ...
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Revisiting a Space Exploration theme?

There have been a few proposals in the past suggesting/asking for a theme for this site. Most were made back when graduating from beta was enough to warrant a site-specific Icon. We have now been ...
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How do we deal with outdated answers?

I don't know if this is a solved problem already, but particularly when questions arise about "new space" that are non-historical in nature, the answer might change over the years. Obviously,...
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We've got at least 80 generic i.imgur.com image links that might break on May 15, 2023; should/could they be updated to i.stack.imgur.com?

Below the Math SE meta question Imgur's "old, unused, and inactive content" Imgur plans to change its Terms of Service on May 15, 2023. Part of this will be the removal of "old, unused,...
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Can other Q&A sites be a source for answers?

For example, a main useful one would be Quora. Are they considered reliable. What if the answer has sources. Then can we it or do we look at the sources? How about if it is unsourced?
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How do we remind people not to feed the trolls?

We have a lazy spammer sending a couple copies of the same essay (rockets are real) in per day. During this time some users comment, say not to do this, etc. Having lived a lifetime on the internet, ...
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User making VERY bad edits

Today I saw a red dot in suggested edits and then there were 6 edits by this user which literally just had the whole text deleted and the word spam replaced instead. I rejected these edits, but this ...
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Should the 3 tags exist

I recently noticed a tag called 3. I am pretty sure that is too broad and not useful. Can it be deleted?
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Is there any difference between the tags asking questions and questions?

These are meta tags. Should they be marekd as synonyms? Is there any difference between the tags asking questions and questions?
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What is with absouletly random upvotes?

One various non-answer that were delted I have seen upvotes. Why? Is there soemting that we can do about this?
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Is this okay? Because this doesn't seem ok?

Recently, the Matrix Equation-balance literally bumped this question. They literally made no edit to the post other than to write "Need to rehabilitate this question. It would allow me to ask new ...
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Should we consider unbanning ChatGPT generated content?

So don't bite my head off, hear me out. My understanding from the discussion to ban ChatGPT was mostly centered on the fact that is was constantly wrong but sounded convincing. However, OpenAI ...
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Downvoters targeting users

Over the last few days I have noticed that many high voted questions and answers have been randomly downvoted. Even high voted questions and answers from me have been downvoted. I think it is from one ...
The Rocket fan's user avatar
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Is there a way to know how much of our asking/answering/editing and other activities come from high rep users?

Is there a way to know how much of our asking/answering/editing and other activities come from high rep users? In other words, is there a way to see how many questions are asked by users over 2000 rep ...
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Is the fact that we have a small group of active users doing nearly everything an issue?

In a comment on this question by the Matrix Equation-balance (later deleted because it continued into a personal attack), they correctly noted that there is a group of around 20 users who do most of ...
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Why was my answer referring to UAP deleted?

In this question, I posted the following answer, which was unilaterally deleted by a moderator: UAPs got here somehow. So, about a month ago [at the time I wrote this answer, in July 2021] the United ...
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Fanatic badge issue

I have been active for 100 days in a row in the past and was rewarded the fanatic badge (https://space.stackexchange.com/help/badges/55/fanatic). It has happened again that I visited this site for 100 ...
The Rocket fan's user avatar
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What are SE's "vital signs"

My unsubstantiated impression is that the SE site has become less active over the last year in terms of # of new questions, posted answers, etc. Is this true? Are there stats available?
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How does the community feel about rolling back inconsequential edits?

In the past week or so I feel like there have been several/many edits that make very minor diction changes to other user's posts, without changing the semantic content. Here's a couple examples, ...
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Written for kids

We have had younger users ask questions in the past. It's great to see children show enthusiasm for space exploration. There has been at least one meta discussion in the past about creating a tag ...
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How can you write formulas in SE?

In this answer: https://space.stackexchange.com/a/61693/44505 I had difficulties writing the formulas, but thankfully SE - stop firing the good guys fixed it. How can I write formulas in SE?
The Rocket fan's user avatar
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should we accept questions about information provided by ChatGPT?

We've recently had two questions from relative newcomers, here and here, where ChatGPT provided nonsense answers to their questions and those newcomers came to us for help. We're supposed to be ...
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Are questions about the sociology of space travel on-topic?

I'm asking this question after a user posted this question on SFF SE which was closed as being off-topic (it definitely was). A later comment suggested Space Exploration but I could tell the question ...
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Shall we at least temporarily ban chatbot-generated content (e.g. ChatGPT) until it becomes clearer what it means for Stack Exchange?

Higher question-rate sites have already addressed chatbot-generated posting in an essentially universal negative way, for example: Stack Overflow: Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned How can we ...
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Should the `artemis` tag be renamed to or a synonym of `artemis-1`?

We have artemis, artemis-program and artemis-mission tags. The latter two are synonyms and ...
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Starlink App and Router

Are questions about the Starlink mobile app and router configuration on topic in Space Exploration (tagged Starlink)?
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How can I avoid posting duplicate questions?

Before writing a question, I use the search function to try find previous similar posts. If none found, I type the title in and hit "review question" to see if any duplicate questions are ...
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Guidance on singleton tags in the "Suggested Edits" queue

I've rejected several edits that I believe are part of a tag creation process because the tag itself seemed unnecessary (created just for the question being asked). Here is the most recent example. ...
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Is there a way to unapproved edits?

After seeing this question Who is approving these edits? I was quite surprised that my user was one of the users who approved that edit. Is there a way to unapproved it?
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"upgrade" the new [rad750] tag to something like [radiation-hardening] or "downgrade" it to the cornfield, or combine with [shielding], or...?

The new question Are there already spacecraft equipped with RAD5500 processors? has a rad750 tag this is currently the only question where this tag can be found this question isn't even about the ...
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Who is approving these edits?

Similar to Was reverting this edit correct? An edit to this question was just approved that contained gratuitous misspellings and use of all caps. Is there some more sockpuppeting or something going ...
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Was reverting this edit correct?

I noticed this edit and thought it was questionable. Several of the substitutions didn't even seem technically correct--e.g. "burning plasma" and "half combusted". However, the ...
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Is this OK? Because I don't think this is OK

Why was there only a single Falcon 9 landing on ground-pad in 2021? Mittag answer (July 27) Starship answer (Aug 7) Whenever possible, SpaceX prefers Return To Launch Site (RTLS) landings over ...
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CelesTrak is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit and redirects from .com to .org, should old posts be edited "à la bot"?

Celestrak (T. Kelso) has sent out a notification including the following: Now that CelesTrak is a non-profit, we have been redirecting all traffic going to other CelesTrak domains (e.g., .com, .net, ....
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